With any adventure, big or small, I tend to see myself as a willing or expected guide.  I’ve come to enjoy the responsibility of planning the outing, acquiring the appropriate resources, reviewing the weather and trail conditions, establishing the routes, orienting the travelers and maintaining a level of enthusiasm during the journey.  I also use this opportunity in nature to facilitate a group discussion by posing questions that encourage some deeper thinking before comment.  Some may call me an instigator of “potential conflict”, but I can’t help myself in wanting to get beyond the surface of humanity, to its thinking and behavior.

As an achievement seeking person, I always have an end goal in mind, but what I have been experiencing after hundreds of adventures is that the destination is never the most memorable part of the trip.

The most memorable aspects of any journey are what I learn from those I walk, hike, kayak, ski, climb, bike, and play with.  The excitement comes in learning people’s point of view and seeing a willingness to challenge it when they’re in the company of people they trust, appreciate, and will not judge them harshly due to a different opinion.

It’s after a deep discussion, that you hear people contributing their ideas that merge into a unified approach or creative solution.  As a result of these conversations, you see greater patience and acceptance during their travels and their ability to adapt to situations that occur along the trail that may require agreement to a new “end goal” of the adventure.

What is the end goal of any life experience you choose to be part of?  Is it the destination, the personal recognition, the job promotion, the company brand, or your net worth?  Or is it the feeling you get when you have expanded your knowledge, a skill, a deeper relationship, or when investing yourself to improve your community? Is your goal only to achieve what you expected or can it be the added value gained from learning to invest your mind, body and spirit differently causing an unexpected outcome?

What is forgotten and what is remembered from your journeys in the past?  What were the really important moments that encouraged you to think, explore, act, and set goals differently?  Did they inspire you or drain your energy?

What’s wonderful about journeys is that they all have a beginning and an ending.  And with every ending, there comes a new beginning to see, think, and act differently.

What question can your next journey help you answer?